Source Information

Ancestry.com. Clare, Ireland, Church of Ireland Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1744-1991 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Clare Church of Ireland Parish Registers, Church of Ireland, Clare, Ireland.

About Clare, Ireland, Church of Ireland Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1744-1991

About this collection

The Church of Ireland, part of the wider Anglican Communion, was the Church established by law at the time of the reformation, although the majority of the country remained practicing Catholics. The Irish Church Act 1869 (which took effect on 1 January 1871) finally ended the role of the Church of Ireland as state church. Two thirds of Church of Ireland records were destroyed during the fire at the Public Record Office of Ireland during the Irish Civil War of 1922. Up until the early years of the nineteenth century, registers were usually made up of manuscript volumes and this generally meant that no real uniformity existed in the data recorded. From about the 1820s, earlier in some parishes, pro-forma registers started to be used.

This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from parishes in the County of Clare in Ireland, with dates ranging from 1744 to 1991.

The details found in baptism records vary but can include:

  • name
  • baptismal date
  • father’s name
  • mother’s name
  • godparents’/sponsors’ names
  • place

The details found in marriage records vary but can include:

  • names of bride and groom
  • residences of bride and groom
  • parents’ names
  • parents’ residences
  • marriage banns
  • marriage date
  • name of officiant
  • names of witnesses and their residences

The details found in burial records vary but can include:

  • name of the deceased
  • age
  • date of death
  • burial date